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Lukas Valihrach, PhD

Lukas Valihrach

Lukáš Valihrach, PhD

Senior Scientist

Areas of expertise

  • Gene expression analysis
  • Single cell analysis
  • RT-qPCR, RNA-Seq
  • Data analysis
  • Glial cell biology
  • Method development
  • microRNA


I am a researcher in Kubista lab where I am interested in utilizing different tools for single cell gene expression analysis, especially using RT-qPCR and RNA-Seq. My research is focused on characterization of glial cells (especially astrocytes, NG2 cells, microglia) in different pathophysiological conditions - after ischemic brain injury or in the progression of neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). I am also interested in new method development and their application in interesting models, e.g. role of microRNAs and their application as biomarkers in patients with acute spinal cord injury. I collaborate with several laboratories, mainly from Institute of Experimental Medicine, using most current approaches for gene expression analysis in the field (their implementation is an important part of my work). I received my PhD at University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague and spent few months as an intern in Denmark and Sweden. In addition to research, I enjoy training young students and learning new things. When not in lab, I love running in the mountains, partying with friends, and hanging out with my overactive dog.

Selected Publications

  1. A single-cell analysis reveals multiple roles of oligodendroglial lineage cells during post-ischemic regeneration. Valny M, Honsa P, Waloschkova E, Matuskova H, Kriska J, Kirdajova D, Androvic P, Valihrach L, Kubista M, Anderova M. Glia. 2018 May;66(5):1068-1081. doi: 10.1002/glia.23301.
  2. Platforms for Single-Cell Collection and Analysis. Valihrach L, Androvic P, Kubista M. Int J Mol Sci. 2018 Mar 11;19(3). pii: E807. doi: 10.3390/ijms19030807.
  3. Two-tailed RT-qPCR: a novel method for highly accurate miRNA quantification. Androvic P, Valihrach L, Elling J, Sjoback R, Kubista M. Nucleic Acids Res. 2017 Sep 6;45(15):e144. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx588.
  4. The correlation between expression profiles measured in single cells and in traditional bulk samples. Dzamba D, Valihrach L, Kubista M, Anderova M. Sci Rep. 2016 Nov 16;6:37022. doi: 10.1038/srep37022.
  5. Generation of reactive astrocytes from NG2 cells is regulated by sonic hedgehog. Honsa P, Valny M, Kriska J, Matuskova H, Harantova L, Kirdajova D, Valihrach L, Androvic P, Kubista M, Anderova M. Glia. 2016 Sep;64(9):1518-31. doi: 10.1002/glia.23019. Epub 2016 Jun 24.